On May 10, Bob Sinclair, known as Uncle Bob to Saab enthusiasts, died. Bob Sinclair was a gearhead. He loved cars and particularly loved the quirky Saabs. He rose to become head of American operations for the Swedish company and brought the Saab name into the ranks of the near-luxury market. With the introduction of the Saab 900 Convertible in 1985, Sinclair single-handedly revived the US convertible market just when it appeared Congress was going to outlaw convertibles as unsafe. A quarter of a million Saab 900 convertibles were bought by Americans since then. While he attempted to make Saab more American-driver friendly, as when he explained to Saab's designers the importance of cupholders to Americans, he never dithered with the essential success of Saab which was its endearing weirdness and exceptional engineering. He celebrated the differences and knew that the American buyer of a Saab had the intelligence to know why X-brake systems were better than 2+2 braking systems, why the key on the floor was a better location, why turbocharging an inline 4 was more economical than using a 6. Sinclair respected the Saab purchaser and enthusiast, reveling in his brand. The enthusiasm caught on and Sinclair's tenure at Saab made it a prestigious brand with unprecedented growth in the American market. In 1989 GM bought half of Saab, Sinclair was moved out, and the downturn began with Saab using rebadged Opel platforms and bit by bit closing Swedish design and engineering departments. The Saab 95 is no longer even built in Sweden. With the Swedes out, Saabs American sales plummeted as the buyer demographic ran away screaming from the GM product which very certainly did not resemble Saab in anyway. The new 93 wasn't bad, but the true death knell came when Saab introduced a very obviously rebadged antique Chevy Blazer as a Saab and buyers just shook their heads at spending $10,000 more for a Saab Blazer than a Chevy with the same equipment. I hope that the US will develop more people like Uncle Bob and allow them to do what Bob Sinclair did. Great cars are not made in accounting offices or focus groups. They're made by people with passion for their product and a desire to make it the best they can. For a brief while, Saab had that and it was a glorious ride.... with the top down.